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Jun 30, 2010 11:55 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bridgehampton CAC thinks Water Mill PDD will cause traffic problems

Jun 30, 2010 11:55 AM

The planned development district proposed at the corner of Montauk Highway and County Road 39 is not in Bridge-
hampton, but the hamlet’s Citizens Advisory Committee 
still took nearly two hours Monday night to weigh in on the plans.

The citizens group’s main concern is how the traffic from the development—which calls for the construction of four new buildings behind the existing Pier 1 and closed-up Fortunoff’s store—would affect their hamlet. Southampton Town Planning and Development Administrator Jefferson Murphree attended the meeting and validated those concerns to some extent, confirming that the retail uses proposed for the commercial center are, indeed, high traffic generators.

The development proposal, which targets 3 acres on the corner of County Road 39 and Montauk Highway, calls for 77,000 square feet of retail space, likely including some kind of grocery store, Mr. Murphree said. The as-of-right development that could be allowed on the space would have a maximum of 105,000 square feet of retail space, but the uses would be limited to those allowed under the highway business zone, such as furniture stores, jewelers and car dealerships, all lower traffic generators, he said.

In the preliminary proposal for the planned development district, or PDD, developers Harry Gray and the Charos family are asking the Town Board to change the zoning to allow normal 
retail and residential use. They hope to build 47 apartments on the site in addition to the retail spaces.

Mr. Gray and the Charos family have not yet put a formal application for the PDD before the Town Board.

Bridgehampton committee member John Daly asked if some of the traffic issues presented by the proposed PDD could be resolved by having Suffolk County install a roundabout at the corner. Mr. Murphree said he has asked the county the same question and was told a roundabout is a possibility.

Mr. Murphree also emphasized that it is important for the community to know what it wants at the intersection—a PDD is supposed to provide a number of community benefits. So far, the developers are proposing that 22 of the apartments be affordable housing, thereby providing a public benefit.

Mr. Murphree said that the Bridgehampton and Water Mill CACs will be discussing their ideas during meetings over the course of the next few months.

“You have to figure out what is it you want,” Mr. Murphree told the committee on Monday. “The PDD is not the devil here.”

Bridgehampton CAC Chairman Fred Cammann interjected, and said sternly, “Yes, it is.”

Peter Wilson, another member of the committee, agreed, saying that PDDs are being “misapplied.”

An increasing amount of scrutiny has been placed on recent PDD proposals including the Gray/Charos plan and one put forth by developer Bob Morrow, who wants to build a 40,000-square-foot King Kullen and a number of other retail stores just south of County Road 39 in Tuckahoe.

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The highway is already a parking lot during the summer, and no matter how many signs are put up, traffic still spills through Flying Point.

For the sake of everything, just stop with the development. Break even on your "investment", sell the land off as open space, and GET OUT!

Have some respect for what's left, and those who still inhabit it.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 30, 10 4:53 PM
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By Hillsnbells (43), Southampton on Jul 1, 10 3:55 PM
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When will finally say ENOUGH!
By lablover (104), Southampton on Jul 2, 10 8:21 AM
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Please no more of anything west of Bridgehampton-it already takes us too long to get here.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jul 2, 10 5:18 PM
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The planning and development administrator - Jeff Murphree should do his job - I wonder why all he seems to support are shopping centers - a real planner would look at the traffic and demographics to see that we need no more shopping centers - again why should SH look like the rest of Suffolk and Nassau with strip mall after strip mall - we can't support them in the winter and once built they are there forever.
By sunshine (47), southampton on Jul 5, 10 9:47 AM
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I agree.

We have enough empty retail space as it stands.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 5, 10 11:09 PM
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Who is on the take in the planning board? Tuckahoe Main Street now this crap. You want up island, you got it.
By ride the truth wave (125), southampton on Jul 6, 10 9:32 AM
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All these comments are good, but your is the best, ride. Keep riding.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jul 6, 10 3:55 PM
"Traffic problems"? In Water Mill? Hard to imagine . . . !
By barnbabe (64), westhampton beach on Jul 7, 10 6:24 PM
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